Take them at their word?

by Dean L

(Or, why I would hold my nose and support Romney)

Politicians: Their guys (and gals) are all liars. Our guys always tell the truth. So we tend to believe our guys. As a result, we detest the opposition and our own standard-bearers are typically a shade less evil or else completely virtuous.

Take Mitt Romney. Having spent the primaries in the Not Romney camp, every previous turn he took claiming he didn't want to be Reagan rang true for me. He's supposed to be in my camp so I took him at his words. He was a progressive. Those words were not good, so I didn't like him.

Election 2012: The Clone Wars

by The republican Mother

Buckle up, you rebel scum, and let's take a look at what we've got here. This is my first post in the post-CIPSA world, so I thought I'd make it interesting.

What's the situation on the political ground?

Do You Believe You Are Free Or Have You "Seen The Fence"?

By Chris W
The Libertarian Patriot

We Americans believe we live in the "land of the free" but is our freedom merely an illusion? Yes, we have a Constitution, and included in it a Bill of Rights, that tells us we are free but if you think about it for a moment we are only as free as Leviathan allows us to be. It's just that many Americans have not "seen the fence".

So, what do I mean by "seeing the fence"?

BREAKING: Junior Seau Commits Suicide?

By the Left Coast Rebel

A San Diego sports legend and decades-spanning city icon has passed away, apparently from suicide.

San Diego's Union Tribune reports:

— Former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, an icon not only in his hometown of Oceanside but as a star in the NFL, has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his beachfront home in Oceanside Wednesday.

A 911 call reporting a possible suicide was made to police at 10 a.m., a dispatcher said.
A crowd including several police officers and neighbors has gathered outside Seau’s two-story home on the south end of The Strand.
Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said he was notified of the death and is on his way to be with family members.

Very sad. As we reported here in 2010, Junior Seau launched his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad, CA. The crash at the time was rumored to be a suicide attempt.

For one reason or another Junior Seau was a very troubled person.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family today.

UPDATED: More details on the story at the North County Times

GOP Majority Leader Asks Dems to Help Him Beat Conservatives

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is recruiting Democrats to help him defeat a conservative running for the U.S. Senate from Indiana:
The Young Guns Network, a group affiliated with House Republican majority leader Eric Cantor, is encouraging Democrats in Indiana to vote in the May 8 GOP primary for incumbent senator Dick Lugar. Politico's Maggie Haberman first reported that the YG Network has been sending mailers to Indiana voters reminding Democrats and independents that they can register to vote in the open primary and encouraging those folks to vote for Lugar and against his conservative challenger, Richard Mourdock...

...the rest of the mailing criticizes Mourdock's conservative views on eliminating federal education spending and says the choice is "between extreme cuts and mainstream Indiana leadership"
The GOP's new "big tent" philosophy: Big enough to include borrow-and-waste Dems, small enough to keep conservatives out.

Contact Eric Cantor and his "Young Guns Network" via email and on Facebook and Twitter:

Facebook: YG Action Fund
Twitter: @EricCantor
Twitter: @GOPLeader

  • $100,000 could go a long way to supporting a Republican against a Democrat this year in a competitive House race. Is helping a six-term Senate incumbent who's not so conservative try to beat back a conservative primary challenge by someone who would hold the Senate seat for the GOP really the best use of that money?

The Republican Party Is the Problem According To Conservative and Moderate Think Tanks... I Say So Are the Democrats...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

I rarely give credit to the stink hole of progressive thought Think Progress because, well, because it is a stink hole of anti-concepts in motion, exclusively designed for progressive collectivist sheeple.

However, even the clueless get it right every so often. Think Progress recently reported on the American Enterprise Institute and the centrist Brookings Institution view that Republicans are the problem caught my eye.

I've been saying for nigh on 15 years Republicans actually are the problem...

How Do You Like Paying Twice For Social Security This Year?

By Frank Hill

You know, we can't wait for the date when we can 'make your day!' as Clint Eastwood used to say and write these words in bold letters:

'Everything is getting better on the budget and entitlement fronts of the US federal budget!'

This is not that time yet.  Sadly...

Outlier fundraising?

By Dean L.

A lot of times when talking about polls where a specific poll does not align with the majority of polls out there during the same time frame it is referred to as an outlier. This simply means that the poll may be subject to statistical noise (bad polling, bad weather, other events influencing it than the primary expectation) and is likely not reflective of the true state of the situation with respect to whatever is being polled.  It lies on or beyond the outskirts of the normal range you'd expect to see from poll results. Often outlier polls scream headlines that aren't justified by a critical look at the reality of the situation. An outlier is typically not an indicator of a trend, more often it is in fact, just an outlier.

The same outlier principle can be applied to other situations, at least rhetorically or metaphorically.  A recent article in The Hill may be a good example.

GOP hates Conservatives: Example #104,628

By RightKlik

The Republican "Young Guns" of the U.S. House of Representatives are spending beaucoup bucks to help an octogenarian Senate RINO fight a losing battle against a conservative challenger:
"Young Guns ... was designed to help leaders like Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy chart a new course for the center-right movement and the House majority,” Young Guns Action Fund super PAC founder John Murray has said. It's not clear how this donation to Lugar furthers that cause. And it's not clear why Young Guns is meddling in a GOP Senate primary. Indeed, Mike Pence, another young gun-type House member who's now running for Indiana governor, has conspicuously failed to endorse Lugar for reelection.

More important: $100,000 could go a long way to supporting a Republican against a Democrat this year in a competitive House race. Is helping a six-term Senate incumbent who's not so conservative try to beat back a conservative primary challenge by someone who would hold the Senate seat for the GOP really the best use of that money?
This would be hard to understand if you didn't know that Republicans hate conservatives.

The First Shot in a New Rebellion?

By Grant Davies

The signs are becoming more clear that some of the states have had enough of the destruction of the US Constitution. There already have been a number of states who have sued the federal government to halt the implementation of certain provisions of Obama-care. A few more states have sued over various other policies concerning immigration and other issues. Several others have informally begun the practice of non-cooperation with the DEA regarding the laws prohibiting the use of certain substances, usually marijuana.

But recently one state, Virginia, formally made it state policy to refuse to cooperate in the enforcement of a new unconstitutional US law that essentially revokes the right of  Habeas Corpus...

As the National Media, and Our President Remain Silent...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

Mathew Owens, brutally beaten, lies in a Alabama hospital in ICU fighting for his life. He was beaten by a gang of approximately twenty with pipes, paint cans and chairs.

The gang left him on his front porch presumably to die...

Obama Then and Now - Part 236

I'll call you.
By Dean_L

Politico points out that the latest Obama talking point is at odds with the Obama of 2007.  Yet another example of how Obama will say one thing, but given the opportunity to actually influence something, he prefers to talk big and act small.
In 2007, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama missed two key votes on the student loan interest bill that he now wants Congress to extend.

Obama twice skipped the Senate vote on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act when the bill came to the Senate floor first in July and again in September of 2007, according to public records.

The bill, introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and signed into law by President George W. Bush, first cleared the Senate in July on a 78 to 18 vote, with Obama as one of only four senators to abstain. Obama did not cast a vote again in September, after the House and Senate had ironed out different versions of the bill. He was on the conference committee assigned to merge the House and Senate versions of the bill.
In other words, student loans are a big priority for the president now that he thinks it can help him win re-election, but when push came to shove back in 2007, he played to form and didn't even vote present - he voted absent.

Rumors of the Tea Party's Death Highly Exaggerated

TEA! Temecula

By the Left Coast Rebel

According to Politico, Republican party power-mongers seems to think that the Tea Party is dead.

I think the death of the Tea Party is highly exaggerated.

Many are tired and dispirited. Most Tea Partiers have simply moved into underground Sons of Liberty liberty watch-guards. Instead of orchestrating historic national protests, they are in one way or another changing the nation from within the political system.

One can argue that the system is so beyond hope and repair that it cannot even be saved at this point.

But, like it or not, that's the now-somewhat underground position the Tea Party has naturally transitioned into...

Liberal New York Times: Orrin Hatch is Too Liberal for Utah

By Right Klik

To those who say Orrin Hatch is "conservative enough," here's a little reminder. This is from Nate Silver (not a conservative) at the New York Times (not a conservative publication):
...the dashed line represents how conservative we would expect a Republican senator to be, based on the partisan composition of her state. The further below the dashed line that the senator appears, the more liberal he or she is, relative to the state. Those far below the line, from a Republican point of view, are arguably not pulling their weight.

Five Republicans stand out as being especially far below the line — that is, they are more liberal than you would typically expect a Republican from their state to be. The list includes George V. Voinovich of Ohio, who is retiring, and Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, along with Mr. Hatch. And, sure enough, we also see Ms. Murkowski and Mr. Bennett.

Alton Hayes: "I Beat Up a White Boy Because"...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

Alton L. Hayes III

Here we have it folks. A black youth beats the sh*t out of a white youth in Chicago. His reason? Because the dude was white and Alton is pissed off about the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Excerpt from Fox Chicago:

Alton L. Hayes III, a west suburban man charged with a hate crime, told police he was so upset about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida that he beat up a white man early Tuesday.

Hayes and a 15-year-old Chicago boy walked up behind the 19-year-old man victim and pinned his arms to his side, police said. Hayes, 18, then picked up a large tree branch, pointed it at the man and said, “Empty your pockets, white boy.”

The two allegedly rifled through the victim’s pockets, then threw him to the ground and punched him “numerous times” in the head and back before running away, police said. Hayes and the boy are black; the victim is white.

After being arrested, Hayes told police he was upset by the Trayvon Martin case and beat the man up because he was white, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said, citing court records. {The Rest}

I acknowledge, being the rational conservative/libertarian that I strive to be, that the full story on this is likely yet to be told. I caution the right to be reserved in their response to what appears to be a racially motivated hate crime. We must allow the wheels of justice to function as they should and trust the scales of justice to remain in balance...

Progressive-Statist RINO Orrin Hatch to Face Primary Challenger Dan Liljenquist

Orrin Hatch
Doggone Offended? Credit: Gage Skidmore

By the Left Coast Rebel

Good news regarding Utah's 30-year progressive Republican Orrin Hatch over at Memeorandum, via today's Washington Post:

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch will face off against conservative former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist in a June primary after the six-term incumbent failed to win 60 percent of the vote at the state Republican convention on Saturday. Hatch took 57 percent on the first ballot and then 59 percent on a second ballot, one on one fight against Liljenquist. Hatch needed to win 60 percent of the vote to avoid a June 26 primary.

Hatch forces had hoped to win the nomination outright on Saturday. He came up short on that goal. But, Hatch did avoid the fate of Sen. Bob Bennett (R), who two years ago lost his bid for reelection when he finished third at the state party convention amid deep discontent directed at him from conservatives.

Previously at the Left Coast Rebel:

Weekend WSJ Interview with Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus

The Once-Golden State
By the Left Coast Rebel  

As a California native, I can personally attest to every single point that Mr. Kotkin asserts in this excellent WSJ interview. The decline of California is simply breathtaking. Government ruins anything it touches -- even the most abundant, bountiful, beautiful state in the Union...

Like Kotkin, I will never forget or forgive what the state has done to my state:

'California is God's best moment," says Joel Kotkin. "It's the best place in the world to live." Or at least it used to be.

Mr. Kotkin, one of the nation's premier demographers, left his native New York City in 1971 to enroll at the University of California, Berkeley. The state was a far-out paradise for hipsters who had grown up listening to the Mamas & the Papas' iconic "California Dreamin'" and the Beach Boys' "California Girls." But it also attracted young, ambitious people "who had a lot of dreams, wanted to build big companies." Think Intel, Apple and Hewlett-Packard.

Now, however, the Golden State's fastest-growing entity is government and its biggest product is red tape. The first thing that comes to many American minds when you mention California isn't Hollywood or tanned girls on a beach, but Greece. Many progressives in California take that as a compliment since Greeks are ostensibly happier. But as Mr. Kotkin notes, Californians are increasingly pursuing happiness elsewhere.

Nearly four million more people have left the Golden State in the last two decades than have come from other states. This is a sharp reversal from the 1980s, when 100,000 more Americans were settling in California each year than were leaving. According to Mr. Kotkin, most of those leaving are between the ages of 5 and 14 or 34 to 45. In other words, young families.
Read the Rest at The Wall Street Journal.

Also Read: My 2010 essay at Pajamas Media: "Missing the California of my Youth"

Via: Memeorandum.

The Perspective of a Russian Immigrant by Svletlana Kunin

By the Left Coast Rebel 

This morning I happened upon a fascinating 2009 LCR post. Written by a Russian immigrant named Svletlana Kunin, it hauntingly echoes many of the bromides and cultural-political dangers we see in America today (for example: Obama's obsession with the anti-concept of "fairness," income redistribution and rampant socialist brainwashing in public schools).

It first appeared in Investor's Business Daily and is the first installment of a stunning must-read 17-part IBD series...

By Svletlana Kunin

In the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, I was taught to believe individual pursuits are selfish and sacrificing for the collective good is noble.

In kindergarten we sang songs about Lenin, the leader of the Socialist Revolution. In school we learned about the beautiful socialist system, where everybody is equal and everything is fair; about ugly capitalism, where people are exploited and treat each other like wolves in the wilderness.

Life in the USSR modeled the socialist ideal. God-based religion was suppressed and replaced with cult-like adoration for political figures...

The government-assigned salary of the proletariat (blue-collar worker) was 30%-50% higher then any professional. Without incentive to improve their life, professionals drank themselves to oblivion. They — engineers, lawyers, doctors, teachers — earned a government-determined salary that barely covered the necessities, mainly food....

'Curses! Foiled Again!'

By Frank Hill

Do you ever get the feeling that 'something just ain't right' and that maybe, just maybe, the Wall Street guys have everything rigged so they always win and you, the taxpayer, always lose?

Well, get ready to wonder again.

Yadkin Valley Bank, headquartered in Elkin, North Carolina just made a filing to announce that it will auction the preferred shares they have as a result of their acceptance of TARP funds in 2008 to outside investors as part of the Obama Administration's Treasury plan to get the government out of the TARP business altogether.

Most likely to some of the same Wall Street banks and investors, who were probably at the core of the problem to begin with in 2008 with some of the worst financial decision-making this nation and world has ever known.

Keith Olbermann, Homeless?

By the Left Coast Rebel 

Keith Olbermann: Homelesss. C/O NYPost

Is Keith Olbermann out of work and practically homeless?

Forgive me if I don't shed a tear at the thought of this effete and effeminate, pretentious and entitled windbag suffering the same effects of Obamanomics that most of us have confronted these last three Obamanation years: long term career/financial uncertainty and in one way or another, short/medium/long term unemployment, underemployment, or decrease in income.

Schadenfreude, Keith. Welcome to the plight of what you and your progressive overlords blithely, ignorantly and snidely call "middle America":

Unemployed, perennially confrontational talking head Keith Olbermann aimlessly wandered around Central Park South earlier this week, seemingly looking for a friend or a purpose.

Our spies snapped unflattering pictures of Olbermann decked out in a giant red pullover and clownishly baggy jeans as he strolled 59th Street near Seventh Avenue, smelling the roses — or, in this case, the horse manure, allergens and aromas from a nearby food cart. (Read The Rest)

Unlikely Passage of the Month

By the Left Coast Rebel 

Timeless words of wisdom translated to English, from the 6th century BC:

If you want to be a great leader,
you must learn to follow human nature.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.

Hat-tip Charles, Doo Doo Econ
The more prohibitions governments have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons governments have,
the less secure people will be.
The more subsidies governments have,
the less self-reliant people will be.

Therefore the wise governor says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.
I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass.

-- Lao-tzu, from page 57 of Tao Te Ching (Book of the Way)

Hat-tip Doo Doo Economics

Scraping the Bottom of the Race-Industrial Complex Barrel: Romney's "Obama Isn't Working" Banner is Racist


By the Left Coast Rebel 

This Mediaite post is so stupid it should be an Onion piece, not pretended "journalism." Does Tommy Christoper (the author of this ridiculous piece at Mediaite) think that black people are stupid enough to think that an "Obama Isn't Working" Romney banner is racist? I think he does.

Here's how Tommy Christopher's mind (and other race-baiters) works:

  Mitt Romney has a campaign slogan: "Obama isn't Working."

  Obama has a lot of black supporters; Romney doesn't.

  Black people are lazy and don't work.

  Romney's "Obama isn't Working" is a subtle way of transmitting that blacks are inherently lazy.


Don't Bite The Constitution That Feeds You

The Constitution is a companion of the Declaration of Independence and should be construed as an implementation of the Declaration’s premises, which include: Government exists not to confer rights but to “secure” preexisting rights; the fundamental rights concern the liberty of individuals, not the prerogatives of the collectivity — least of all when it acts to the detriment of individual liberty...

Wilkinson worries about judges causing “an ever-increasing displacement of democracy.” Also worrisome, however, is the displacement of liberty by democracy in the form of majorities indifferent or hostile to what the Declaration decrees — a spacious sphere of individual sovereignty.
While our statist tormentors in Washington seem to think that it's to their advantage to ignore our founding documents, these power gluttons have apparently lost sight of the fact that the U.S. Constitution is the very reservoir from which they draw their borrowed power.

Thus, a Supreme Court justice (or a congressman or a president) who undermines the U.S. Constitution undermines the source of his own authority.

Isn't that ironic?

Elect Obama or the Dog Gets It!

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Reason.tv: Too Much Copyright?

By the Left Coast Rebel

From Reason:

"This disconnect between the public's view of copyright and fair use and what should and should not be prosecuted, versus the 'copyright maximist' view of the law, is our generation's Prohibition," says Ben Huh, CEO and founder of Cheezburger and a loud voice in the recent backlash to SOPA and PIPA, two congressional bills aimed at curbing internet piracy.

Copyright exists to “promote the useful arts” according to the Constitution. But is it still doing that? And should the government protect so-called “intellectual property” in the same way it protects other forms of property? Reason.tv posed these questions to Ben Huh, as well as a professor and a movie studio representative. 

Tom Bell, a law professor specializing in property law, has serious reservations about attempts by groups like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to equate property and copyright through ad campaigns admonishing viewers with messages like, "You wouldn't steal a car. Downloading pirated movies is stealing."

Read the rest at Reason.com.

(PHOTOS) Internet Comedy Gold as Obama Eats Dog (Obama Dog PHOTOS)

By the Left Coast Rebel

Things have been heavy around here. Good, but perhaps on the heavy side of things sans enough comic relief to keep us all sane.

On this point, Right Klik's Obama/Clinton Columbian prostitute graphic had me belly-laughing and pondering how to perhaps lighten things up a tad, at least once in a while.

Coincidentally, as I volleyed this revelation, I ventured over to the LCR Facebook page this evening (haven't checked in in a while); I about broke a rib laughing over the plethora of Obama dog-cuisine stories I stumbled upon. I then hit the Facebook "Home" tab, scrolled down...down...down... and feasted myself on hilarious, doggone tasty photoshops at Dear Leader Obama's much-deserved bow-wow expense...

Clinton Addresses the Colombian Prostitute Scandal

(VIDEO) Ted Nugent Defends Himself on Glenn Beck (GBTV), "Looking Forward to Talking to the Secret Service"

By the Left Coast Rebel

Ted Nugent: "I hear from the Secret Service all the time; they want to buy Ted Nugent ammo...we actually have heard from the Secret Service... and I'm looking forward to our meeting tomorrow. We will have a meeting and I'm sure that the conclusion will be obvious that I threatened no one."

Beck: "Would you do me a favor? Would you ask those Secret Service agents how much time they're spending with Louis Farrakhan, how much time they're spending with the Occupy Wall Street people, how much time they are spending with the Black Panthers..."

Via Memeorandum.

Will an Iron Curtain Descend Upon the West? USA Congress on the Brink...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

The Iron Curtain Memorial in Budapest

The Iron Curtain that spread across eastern Europe following the end of WW II eventually fell. When the West (the Allies) effectively won the Cold War, the curtain, a most glaring construct of totalitarian tyranny, saw its last days.

Now in 21st century America, a bastion of freedom and liberty, legislation is moving through Congress that at its core has the potential of creating an "Iron Curtain" for USA citizens, locking them inside our own borders without due process...

(VIDEO) Ted Nugent Threatens Obama's Life at NRA Convention?

By the Left Coast Rebel

The left today is claiming that 70's rocker Ted "The Nuge" Nugent threatened Obama's life (or something) at the ongoing NRA national convention. Obama's vile hand-picked DNC spokeshole Debbie Waz-her-name Schultz is on it (and demanding a retraction from Romney!), as is the Soros-spawn troll site Think Progress.

I watched the video. It's incendiary. Nugent is passionate and uses pretty bombastic terminology. I'll leave it you to decide if he in any way threatened the President (despite the rants of the shrieking commies at Think Progress, I am certain that he did not).

Judge for yourself (pertinent portion starts at 3:30):

For accuracy, I transcribed pertinent sections of the NRA/Nugent video...

Is the nature of perception anathema to fiscal conservatism?

Wisconsin, where perception matters
By Dean L.

Today in the WSJ, there was an article talking about vindication for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker vis a vis the budget conflict he had had with teachers and their misguided students last year. The WSJ argues that the resulting recall election effort isn't going to work because Walker's budget has led to a decrease in property taxes that will cause voters to appreciate the Walker belt-tightening effort in the state. Lower property taxes are indeed a rarity in Wisconsin.
“The public employee unions and other liberals are confident that Wisconsin voters will turn out Governor Scott Walker in a recall election later this year, but not so fast. That may turn out to be as wrong as some of their other predictions as Badger State taxpayers start to see tangible benefits from Mr. Walker's reforms—such as the first decline in statewide property taxes in a dozen years.

On Monday Mr. Walker's office released new data that show the property tax bill for the median home fell by 0.4% in 2011, as reported by Wisconsin's municipalities. Property taxes, which are the state's largest revenue source and mainly fund K-12 schools, have risen every year since 1998—by 43% overall. The state budget office estimates that the typical homeowner's bill would be some $700 higher without Mr. Walker's collective-bargaining overhaul and budget cuts.”

Bumper Sticker Tuesday

By the Left Coast Rebel

Spotted here this morning...

From right to left...

"Our Country Deserves Better Than Obama, Pelosi & Reid"

"NRA-ILA 2011 Supporter"

"It's Time to Take our Country Back"

And the best...

"I Believe in Liberty, Freedom and America"

I hope this concerned Cailfornian American understands that the scoundrels in GOP leadership need to be thrown out too.

'White House Burning' and 'White Whiskey'

By Frank Hill

The authors of this otherwise very educational and helpful primer on federal budgeting, 'White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt and Why It Matters to You' conclude their 'recommendations' with this honest disclaimer:
'Because there is no such thing as a free lunch, our proposals largely fill the long-term budget gap by increasing tax revenues. People who evaluate the federal government solely by the dollar value of taxes and spending will object that our proposals amount to 'big government'. 
That is an understatement if there ever was one...

Obama Economic Logic Akin to Madness...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

Since 1980 total Federal Tax increases have totaled 3.3% of GDP. If President Obama is reelected the possibility of a huge 3.5% Federal Tax increase in quite likely. Impact on the business sector, our economy, and the middle class in particular will be staggering...

Frank talk on Obamacare

Count Frankula?
By Dean L.

Barney Frank has admitted Obamacare was a mistake.  Granted, he sees it as having been a political mistake and not a policy mistake, but even that limited admission is telling.

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said he advised President Obama against taking up health care reform following a special election in 2010 that changed Democrats' fortunes in the Senate, saying that he should have instead turned his focus to financial reform...

The outgoing representative from Massachusetts added that after Republican Scott Brown won former Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s seat, breaking Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority, Obama should have backed down: “I think we paid a terrible price for health care. I would not have pushed it as hard. As a matter of fact, after Scott Brown won, I suggested going back. I would have started with financial reform but certainly not health care," Frank said.

Peggy Noonan Goes Ron-Paulian Anti-War Hippie? Plus, Anti-War Quotes from Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Eisenhower, Ayn Rand...

By the Left Coast Rebel

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force...Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
-George Washington

Due to a busy schedule I didn't catch Peggy Noonan op-ed in Saturday's WSJ on the Republican party's trigger-happy war policy.

Plus, Noonan -- Ronald Reagan's speechwriter -- draws up an interesting anti-war John Wayne analogy to what passes as "strong on defense" in the Republican party today...

Quote of the Day

 By the Left Coast Rebel


"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."

- Publius (James Madison) - Federalist #51

My Fellow Patriots, You Are Not Alone

By Chris W
The Libertarian Patriot

If you are to believe the LSM and other sources of information, sometimes it feels like we are the irate, tireless minority in the battle for liberty that Samuel Adams spoke about. Generally, when the topic of politics comes up in polite conversation it is one of us against the many; some of whom agree with us in principle, but believe that most of our opinions are on the fringe. As persuasive as we can make our argument against Leviathan and the need to return to the limited government views of the Founders, it is difficult to be the lone voice of sanity in a discussion.

For that reason it is refreshing when you randomly come across other like minded Patriots...

Jonathan Hoenig: "The basic issue here is individualism, which Governor Chris Christie Advocates, and Collectivism, which is what the President is all about...

...in my opinion, President Obama's vision of the American dream is depraved; what's always made this country unique is that the individual is put above the collective. We're not here to serve the Führer, the king, the church, your life belongs to you. Entitlements destroy that freedom. They say that, no, you can't pursue your life, your liberty, your happiness; you're here to serve the greater good."

-- Limited government and individual rights rock star Jonathan Hoenig on Fox News' Cashin' In, April 14, 2012

Examiner image: Chicago Tax Day Tea Party Rally/2011

"These people are not conservatives, they're not Republicans; they're radical libertarians and I'm doggone offended by it."

 By the Left Coast Rebel

-- Senator Orrin Hatch to NPR as he fights to retain his Progressive Republican job.

More from Nick Gillespie at Reason...

 In 2010, similar forces dispatched another long-time Beehive State glad-hander, Robert Bennett, which led to the horrors of electing Mike Lee, who along with Rand Paul, is leading the charge for lower spending in the Senate.

The Dick Armey-led group FreedomWorks has pumped $670,000 into attacks on Hatch and a bunch of other "outside money" has targeted Hatch. But before you shed a tear for "My God is Love" composer, note that he's outspending his rivals six to one.

Primarying Utah's Progressive Republican, 36-Year Senator Orrin Hatch

By the Left Coast Rebel

Orrin Hatch
Gage Skidmore

"He's been there a long time, and with that length in service comes a lengthy record of expanding the scope and size of government."

-- Russ Walker, FreedomWorks to NPR April 12, 2012

Senator Hatch’s record includes (hat-tip Club for Growth):
  • Voted YES on TARP (RCV #213, 2008)
  • Voted YES to increase the debt limit at least five times (RCV #354, 2007; RCV #54, 2006; RCV #213, 2004; RCV #202, 2003; RCV #148, 2002)
  • Voted YES to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (RCV #157, 2008)
  • Voted YES on SCHIP (RCV #353, 2007) • Voted NO on defunding the Bridge to Nowhere (RCV #262, 2005), and supported billions of dollars in other wasteful earmark spending.
  • Voted YES on the Medicare drug benefit (RCV #459, 2003)
  • Voted YES on No Child Left Behind (RCV #371, 2001)
In 2009 Hatch also called Obama's budget "reckless" yet he joined a dozen or so of the GOP's most liberal senators in voting for the corresponding Obama budget appropriation bills.

Yah, this guy deserves to be out of a job...

The Gullible Gazette - Part Two

By Grant Davies

A few days ago we posted a piece about whether people were gullible enough to swallow the nonsense concerning Obama's new proposed "Buffett Tax."

You know the one, the tax that says that rich people (previously defined as anyone making more than $250,000) should pay income tax at a rate of at least 30% so they would be sure to pay more than their secretaries. It's all  about "fairness" ya' know...

Why to Never Argue with Internet Leftists...

By the Left Coast Rebel

....because they are the nastiest, most close-minded bunch of hatefully misguided folks to walk this planet, that's why. Earlier this week Roy Edroso, who blogs at Alicublog, linked Dean L.'s fine "Post Santorum depression" post.

I've engaged in a few flame wars with Alicublog and it was all good 'net fun; his loyal lefty readers left a series of knee-slappers here. They're the virulent Kool-Aid-drinking types one comes across on the internet that not only disagree with you but hate you, just because you are an independent thinker who disregards their Hegelian dialectic marching orders.

Roy Edroso is also the guy behind the The Village Voice's "Exploring the Right Wing Blogosphere" series (image, left above). He wrote this book that he's hawking at Amazon.com -- nice work there, buddy. And if the content of his book and the quality of his readership are any indication, the guy is... well, disturbed. But aren't most leftists, anyway?

I saw his link and left a comment. A reader jumped in and it went like this (language alert)...

(VIDEO) Rick Santelli Easily Debunks "Buffet Rule" and Obamanomics on the NYSE Floor

By the Left Coast Rebel

"We can trash people, we can drag people that used to be successful...down... but is it going to cure a problem? No. We cannot collect enough taxes to catch up with spending... how are my kid's opportunities affected by how many millionaires there are?"

White board and pen in hand, Rick Santelli rails against the administration's socialist policies and attacks on successful people, and just how ludicrous the bait-and-switch war on millionaires actually is:

I have goosebumps.

Rick Santelli: An honest to God, living and breathing, modern day Paul Revere.

BONUS: LCR 2009 Flashback .

(VIDEO) Tim Cavanaugh, Reason.tv: Art Laffer on California

By the Left Coast Rebel

From Reason.tv:

"It's not Republican, it's not Democrat. Honestly, it's not liberal, it's not conservative ... It's economics," says Economist Art Laffer. "If you tax people who work and you pay people who don't work, don't be surprised when you get a lot of people not working."

Laffer is the founder of supply side economics, the namesake of the "Laffer curve" and the author of the new book, Eureka! How to Fix California. He sat down with Reason.com's managing editor, Tim Cavanaugh at the offices of the Orange County Register, to talk about why Texas has a better tax structure than California, the power of public employee unions and what he really thinks of California governor Jerry Brown.

The Gullibility Test

By Grant Davies

How can you tell if you are among the millions of people in this country who are habitually gullible?

Well, in a hat tip to Mr. Jeff Foxworthy, one of the redneck comedy boys:
You might be gullible:

If you think that President Obama's new campaign proposal that anyone making over $250,000 a year should pay income tax at a rate of at least 30% because it will help balance the budget and promote "fairness" ---- you might just be gullible.

As David Burge, aka, the "Iowa Hawk" - who does the math for a hugely popular blog of the same name - explains it: "If you taxed income in the US at 100% above $250k, you'd get $1.41 trillion - not enough to run the govt for 5 months."

And speaking of Foxworthy, he and Larry the Cable Guy would be a better ticket to vote for in the upcoming Presidential election than many of the other offerings. Oh, I know that Obama's policies are hilarious, but he's just a rank amateur, these guys are pros when it comes to laughter.

If we elect them, "Yes we can" Git R Done.

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'White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt and Why It Matters to You'

By Frank Hill

Here's a simply amazing astounding fact you need to know and contemplate as we go through this thought-bomb for today:

'The United States of America became the world's largest economy along about 1870.'

Let's think about that for a moment.

We had just endured the costliest war, and most deadly in terms of human loss of life, our nation has EVER experienced.  More American people died in the Civil War than in all of the other wars we have fought, including World War II, combined...

Romney or Obama?

By RightKlik

It's Romney or Obama. Take your pick:

At least Romney isn’t Obama and can be pressured into doing some of the right things. No hope for Barry, he’s rotten to the core.
As bad as Mitt Romney is, can anyone say that he'd be worse than Obama?

On the other hand... I know conservatives are supposed to fall in line for Romney now that he's truly the inevitable nominee, but I cannot lie. To paraphrase a great leader, I'm not willing to light my pants on fire to try and get support for Mitt Romney. I am who I am...

As a conservative, I can't pretend to be keen on what Romney is selling.

Update: This article is a few weeks old now, but I think it provides a timeless lesson on the folly of the rudderless, unpricipled "compromise" (and the rigidity and intolerance) of the standard moderate...

Post Santorum Depression

By Dean L.

After Santorum, depression set in. Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign for president. I wasn't a big backer of Santorum, but I'll give him this - he wasn't Mitt Romney.
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Tuesday he is suspending his campaign.

He made the announcement at the Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Pa., talking about his young daughter's illness and reflecting on the campaign.

His 3-year-old daughter Bella was taken to a Virginia hospital Friday with pneumonia. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, left the campaign trail until this afternoon. The child has a life-threatening genetic disorder known as Trisomy 18.
Of course we all wish him and his daughter well. If ever there was a personal reason to suspend a campaign, this would be it.

But he was by most accounts the last line of defense against a Romney nomination.   Mitt Romney now has an easier path to the nomination.  Granted he was an odds-on favorite to win anyway, but for those of us not enamored with his brand of barely-conservative(-this-week), etch-a-sketch, phony conservatism, holding out hope that we still had options was at least lukewarm comfort.

White House: Buffet Rule All About Income Redistrubtion, Not Deficit Reduction

Real Hope and Change.

By the Left Coast Rebel

Truth speaks to power from the White House:
(POLITICO) The Obama administration is emphasizing “fairness” over deficit reduction in its renewed pitch for the “Buffett rule” ahead of next week’s scheduled Senate vote.

Introducing a minimum 30 percent income tax on millionaires “was never our plan to bring the deficit down and get the debt under control,” Jason Furman, the principal deputy director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters on a conference call Monday afternoon. “This is not the president’s entire tax plan. We’re not trying to say this solves all our economic problems, all our budget problems.”

Fairness? Really? Excuse me? Listen up before you just shrug this off along with the daily insanity from this bunch: we've all heard this canard so many times it's likely lost the sting of just how evil a term it truly is...

The Numbers Game (Barry's Iron Triangle of Economic Fail)

By Liberty at Stake

I began my April 3rd post with these words: “Numbers are detached, ruthless arbiters.” After spending some time on the merciless spankings Barry’s budget proposals have received on Capitol Hill (97-0 in Dingy Harry Reid’s Senate, 414-0 in the people’s House, and so forth), and on how whole numbers adding up to nine hold the potential to make him look an even bigger fool, I went on to state: “I will save the “iron triangle” of gasoline prices, CPI, and unemployment for future posts.”

Now seems like a good time to take a swing at it.

Obama's Face Dribbles At White House

By Proof

Jake Tapper has yet another story of the Narcissist-in-Chief putting his face and likeness now on a basketball, given away at the White House.
Using a special basketball festooned with his own image, President Obama shot some hoop today with former NBA players, Harlem Globetrotters and kids attending the White House Easter Egg Hunt. ...In his first three shots he went 0 for 3. He missed seven shots before sinking his first.
Ah! That's what he gets for wasting so much of his time out on the golf course!

Voter Fraud? 20 -ish White asks for and receives 60-ish Black, Eric Holder's Ballot

By Proof

But, no, we don't need voter ID to vote! O'Keefe's latest, from Breitbart TV. (A little of the "name recognition" problem republican Mother alluded to below.)

Meet Your Elites: Eric Holder

 By the republican Mother

What's with this guy? Obviously he doesn't have name recognition amongst the poll workers in Washington DC. Or maybe they just thought that (wink, wink) this was part of an ongoing operation--Everyone's a Holder on election day! When he's not sending in documents to Congressional committees that are so redacted that they are literally just big, black rectangles, the man is holding down the fort for our buddies the banksters.
redacted Fast and Furious "document"

It's become patently obvious by now the whole drug war is run by the same gang/system that brings us just about everything that is evil in this world. From guarding poppy fields in Afghan. to laundering the proceeds through huge banks with no repercussions, the banksters use their tools in the DoJ to keep the drug prices up on this side of things. Fast and Furious, as well as Operation Wide Reciever, was all about giving American owned guns a bad rap. Ditto for that Trayvon business - that, and putting the Stand Your Ground laws on the chopping block.

Here is a little blast from the past, with a 1995 more fro'ed Eric Holder using the words gun and brainwash in the same sentence...

Why the Left Coast Rebel and Who Are We?

By the Left Coast Rebel

We are getting more and more emails today -- especially from new readers -- on just what the Left Coast Rebel is all about. Who are we? How did we start? Who is the Left Coast Rebel, anyway? Why the Left Coast?

A simple yet complex answer is in order: what started out as a politically lonely Southern California guy's healthier alternative to screaming at the television on a nightly basis is now a diverse meeting grounds for like-minded patriots across America looking to promote the cause of liberty.

The cause of human liberty is timeless.

Simple enough. But how are we different than the seemingly inestimable number of of conservative, right-of-center opinion-based blog or website?

As Ayn Rand once said: Ideas matter

Most conservative sites chase a muddled conception of "conservative" diametrically at odds with the classical liberal worldview that motivated our Founders. Like the Founders, our vision of the way things ought to be in America is not liberal nor conservative but classically liberal. It centers upon one vital, painfully simple and dangerously valid truism that transcends political parties or ideologies: the belief that the Federal government as it exists today represents the greatest threat to America that America has ever faced.

At Left Coast Rebel we don't regurgitate Republican talking points. We know that under the guidance of the GOP, the "conservative" movement long ago lost its moorings and has been aimlessly floating at sea ever since. It jettisoned the party's Jeffersonian principles for political expediency and we find ourselves where we are today because of that.

Today's loudest so-called conservative bullhorns present the nation and world a truly sad upside-down version of individual freedom and limited government. In lieu of promoting a Barry Goldwater- or Jefferson-like cause of liberty and freedom, the nation's most vocal conservatives are vampiric, near-tribal mouthpieces for the disgustingly treasonous RNC, sucking the lifeblood out of the only hope this country has in returning to its roots. We think there's simply no excuse for the dismal philosophical intestinal fortitude on the right these days and we're not afraid to call them out on it. 

We want a better future for America. We don't want a future United Socialist States of Ameirka. We are willing to fight for a prosperous, freer nation to pass on to our children.  Like the now-underground tea party heroes doing the grassroots heavy lifting, we are America's behind-the-scenes Sons of Liberty.  

We don't care a whit about political parties...

"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissention, which in different ages & countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders & miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security & repose in the absolute power of an Individual: and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty."

— George Washington, September 19, 1796

Like Washington and the Founders, we concern ourselves with the BIG IDEAS of liberty and human freedom. These Big Ideas are timeless. They don't flow and ebb with the current Washington regime, academic study, Supreme Court ruling and edict, or the tyranny of the masses.

~ The belief that the individual is sacred and his right's paramount to the structure of a just society is undying.

The Left Coast Rebel is now over three years old. What started as a politically lonely guy's healthy alternative to screaming at the television each night is now a meeting ground of many fine patriots.  

But who are the authors here? Have they even been formally introduced?

How are they different from each other? 

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."

Samuel Adams

About The Authors

Left Coast Rebel - San Diego, CA. Independent with background in Ayn Rand, the Christian faith, traditional republicanism and the Libertarian party. Left the GOP when they left him years and years ago by betraying the party platform of limited government over and over.

Dean L. - Canadian citizen and independent conservative who loves America. Very concerned with what he sees happening in America. 

Republican Mother - Tennessee. A Ron Paul fan and ruthlessly independent thinker. Former big 'R' Republican turned libertarian. Connects the dots on how both sides of the establishment are tearing this nation apart.

Proof Positive - Northern CA. Traditional conservative with a humorous independent streak.

Right Klik - Tennessee. Loves this country and is leery of the statist-dominated GOP. Found the Tea Party in 2009 and never looked back.
Grant Davies - Resident of Obama's home state. Independent. Libertarian. Instead of blindly howling and barking into the darkness of the left/right echo chamber is more interested in getting conservatives to understand that they are actually libertarians as well. This could be a winning formula: There's millions of them after all.

Libertarian Patriot - Arizona. Former Kool-Aid drinking liberal. Libertarian but deserted the big 'L' side of things years ago. Friends with lots of conservatives. Open-minded, smart and will not support Romney.  Listen up Republicans: you could win big with supporters like Chris.

Rational Nation - Massachusetts. Independent fan of Ayn Rand and all things Founder-related. Conservatives would do well to listen to his words of wisdom.

Telemachus - North Carolina. Worked on the House Budget Committee. Fiercely independent and knows more than any of us do about the nuts and bolts of Mordor on the Potomac.

Humble Libertarian - Tennessee. Libertarian. Smart young dude. Anti-war Ron Paul fan going somewhere big in the liberty movement.